Mike 'The Situation' Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud ... 'Jersey Shore' Trip OK'd

1/19/2018 8:50 AM PST

Mike 'The Situation' Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud, Judge OKs 'Jersey Shore' Trip (UPDATE)

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10:10 AM PT -- Situation's attorneys, Henry E. Klingeman and Kristen M. Santillo, released a statement making a push for leniency in sentencing, saying, "The plea terms call for a balance between punishing the wrong committed and conditions that facilitate Mike living a productive, law-abiding life moving forward. Following through on this plea agreement, Michael intends to pay restitution before sentencing."  

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino just entered a guilty plea in his tax evasion case ... but his situation Friday morning in court ain't ALL bad news.

The "Jersey Shore" star walked into the Newark court with his girlfriend, Lauren Pesce, and entered his guilty plea as expected. During the hearing, the judge approved Sitch to travel to Florida to shoot a "Jersey Shore" reunion.

Situation, however, faces up to 5 years in prison and up to a $250k fine. He'll be sentenced April 25. He initially entered a not guilty plea and faced up to 15 years in prison. But as we reported ... the U.S. Attorney's Office filed docs informing the judge it had struck plea agreements with Mike and his brother.

We broke the story ... Mike allegedly failed to pay his full tax bill on nearly $9 million in earnings made between 2010 and 2012.